Feb. 22, 2003
The Siena women's swimming and diving team is now just one day removed from capturing its initial MAAC Championship in just its fourth year of existance. The Saints increased their lead over second place Rider late Friday night thanks to strong performances by its senior and freshman classes.
Siena has amassed 432 points after two days of competition 15.5 more than second place Rider which checks in at 416.5. The narrow lead will be tested today as the final six events are set in motion at 8:30 pm in Baltimore.
Senior Kelly Pangburn continued her mastery of the championship with a dominating triumph in the 1000 free on Friday. Pangburn's top time of 10:29.16 marked her fourth championship (or shared championship) already this weekend. Classmate Olga Kandarouva garnered five points for her 12th place finish in the event.
Freshmen Kristine Robinson and Christi Hunter followed with solid efforts in the 200 medley, placing fifth and sixth respectively to add to Siena's lead. Kathleen Noonan finished 11th in the medley for Siena.
Fresman Dana Golino continued the Saints success with a second place showing in the ensuing 100 butterfly. Golino was touched out by just three tenths of a second, but second place was good enough for 17 points for the Green and Gold. Erica Strein swam one of her best races of the season in capturing sixth place for the Day 2 leaders.
Perhaps the most surprising performance of the day was turned in by Siena freshman Kaitlin Krause who stunned the competition with her victory in the 200 yard freestyle finals. Krause improved on her preliminary qualifying time by nearly two seconds to win the finals by less than two tenths of a second. Senior Martha Kroll put in another top effort to take fourth and more cushion to Siena's precarious advantage.
Krause jumped right back in the water and earned a fifth place finish in the following event--the 100-yard breaststroke. Kelly Collins checked in as the only other Siena scorere in the event placing 11th.
Golino followed with another second place effort--this time pulling the trick in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Shana Allen turned in a strong fifth place showing in the event and Strein placed eighth.
The events on the final day of competition include: 1650 freestyle, 200 backstorke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 3 Meter Diving.
1. Siena 432
2. Rider 416.50
3. Marist 392.50
4. Loyola 319.50
5. Iona 254
6. Fairfield 246
7. Niagara 216.50
8. Canisius 115
9. Manhattan 74
10. Saint Peter's 73